Bennu

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I have tried to go to Bennu many times, but I am always turned around due to the lack of parking. This past weekend I found a spot right in front, and I was thrilled to finally be able to experience this coffee shop. Bennu is open 24-hours which already makes me feel giddy. Finals are of course torture, and with many all-nighters in my near future I was happy when I walked in to see huge tables and a ton of space. This coffee shop is more north near the University of Texas, so I wasn’t surprised when it was packed. I found an empty table near the window because I desperately needed the plug for my dead laptop.

I’m going to cut to the chase and say Bennu is my new all-nighter spot. I felt completely comfortable there and the atmosphere is exactly what you need for complete concentration and a relaxing environment. I planned on staying for a while, so I set up shop and ordered myself a banana nut latte. This was a first for me! I have never been offered this flavor before so I eager to try it.

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Delicious banana nut latte in the front and a maple brown sugar latte in the back.

Seriously one of the best lattes that I have ever had. It was so good that I want to go back and try all of the flavors. Their list of flavors is so long and there are so many to choose from. Remember I was stoked to try the fruity latte at Epoch? Well Bennu has so many fruity flavors as well. This is my new spot for long nights and tasty coffee.

The wifi in Bennu worked amazingly.Since the place was so packed, I figured I was going to have some trouble, but I didn’t at all. Everyone in there was so nice. The barista was a bit backed up by orders, but constantly kept me reassured that she was working as fast as she could and wanted me to know she hadn’t forgot about me. I really loved the atmosphere, and since I’ve said Dominican Joe is my go-to place, I now have to say the two are neck-in-neck.

Go to Bennu!

My Experiences Thus Far

I found this blogging experience extremely fun. I have always wanted to start a blog of my own, and this was the perfect introduction into It. The most effective tool that I used was linking. Since I wrote about coffee shops, it was helpful to have an easy way to send the readers directly to the coffee shops website. The tool that was least effective is the slideshow. For some reason I just don’t find the slideshow very appealing. I don’t really like the look of it, and I most likely will not be using it in the future.

Since this is my first time blogging, there are definitely a few things that I can improve on. One thing that I really want to work on is describing the actual taste of the coffee better. I would like my readers to have a really good understanding of the coffee, so that they will want to go to the shops and try what I suggest. Another thing I want to work on is taking more and better quality photos. When I look at coffee shops online, I always want more pictures because that’s how I ultimately choose if it’s worth it or not.

Photo Credit Nini

Photo Credit Nini (Click the picture to check out her blog!)

This experience was 100% beneficial for me. I am a public relations major and blogging will for sure be in my future. I already blog for my internship at Breakthrough Concepts, and this experience has helped me realize that you have to blog about something you love. I really enjoy coffee, so I look forward to posting. Social media is a huge aspect of public relations now and I love being up-to-date and in the know about all things online. I want to create a strong online presence. I am about to embark on a journey though many countries, and I am trying to get sponsored. I am trying to get my blog about traveling shared on major sites, so this practice is helping me towards that goal. So professionally, this blog helped me develop skills that could possibly help my future.

Overall, this was a great learning experience and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for a great last semester at Texas State University, and be on the lookout because I’ll always have a latte talk about!

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Mozart’s Coffee

Mozart’s summed up is basically scenery. This place is beautiful and huge. You can come here for anything. Whether you want to hold a business meeting, people watch, or just work, this place has it all. Located on Lake Austin, Mozart’s has an outdoor deck where you can sit outside, sip your coffee and breathe in fresh air. If you can’t work outside, which sometimes I can’t, they also have plenty of seating inside… again, this place is huge.

Photo Credit Aviary Review

Photo Credit Aviary Review- Mozart’s outdoor deck

Mozart’s prides themselves on having the finest gourmet coffees from around the world. They use a unique process called flame roasting and their “Roastmaster” does it on site every 48 hours. They have nine different coffee blends, along with the typical coffee shop menu. Last time I was there, I had a little extra cash and decided to splurge on the special which was some chocolate, caramel concoction that I think can’t remember the name of. They have an abundance of sweets and treats to take your mind off of your to-list and to just enjoy the moment. When I am Mozart’s I tend to turn off all electronics and just sit and think. I love this place. The prices are high and a tad cringe worthy, but the experience makes it worth it. The coffee is always delicious and the environment makes it incredible.

You MUST, I repeat you MUST go to Mozart’s during the winter. Each year they have an extravagant light show at the top of each hour starting at 6 p.m. This past year they had a light show to “What Does the Fox Say,” among other songs and it was amazing. I stayed for two of the shows even though they are exactly the same, because it was so much fun. So remember this when all of your family members come into town and you need to entertain them, they will love this place!

Photo Credit 365 Things to do in Austin

Photo Credit 365 Things to do in Austin

Seattle Coffee Scene

I have heard for years that Seattle has the best coffee, and I am dying to try it.
I recently found a coffee blog that I am in love with called Seattle Coffee Scene. What I like most about this blog is that they cover coffee shops and they call them coffee houses, that’s so Seattle. I found it really interesting that this blog is broken up into different sections of the city whereas I focus on Austin in general. I like their approach better, because it gives people the opportunity to choose a shop in their area, or search for any area that they will be visiting. With each post, this blogger also provides a map, so their audience can have a better understanding as to where everything is located.

Photo Cred Seattle Best Coffee

Photo Cred Seattle Coffee Scene

When it comes to any online review, people want to see pictures. Every time I yelp something, I expect to look at pictures so I can get a visual of what I am dealing with. I need to see the space in the coffee shop, the coffee and my surroundings. I’m a coffee shop snob, sorry about it. Seattle Coffee Scene has AMAZING photos. Every single blog post gives you a creative coffee picture with a bit of scenery to further express what they feel about the coffee house. Also, this blogger is a latte lover, which brings them straight to my heart. Almost every picture is a huge latte with art on top, my favorite.

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Photo Cred Seattle Coffee Scene

At the bottom of their homepage, they have a place where you can submit coffee job openings, and also browse openings from around the city. I think that is a really cool touch and I am considering adding that to my blog. I also really enjoyed the section about the various coffee roasters around Seattle. Personally, I would love to go around Austin to interview and see all of the coffee roasters and how it all works. I found that portion very interesting. Lastly, this blogger has a section where they store all of their previous photos in a photo gallery. I love going through and looking at the latte art and the shops, so that is a section I am seriously considering adding to my own blog!

Overall, this blog is awesome! I will read it occasionally, and when I visit Seattle this will be my go-to for all things coffee.

Epoch

It’s been a while coffee lovers! Don’t be worried, I still drink coffee every single day (against my doctor’s orders.)

This weekend I visited a coffee shop that I hadn’t been to since my freshman year in college, Epoch Coffee! The last time I was there I was at Austin Community College, and still very unsure of what I wanted to do in life. Being in this coffee shop recently reminded me of where I was then, and where I am now. I am so thankful that I took the leap and transferred to Texas State University. I graduate in one month, and I can’t even express how thrilled I am. EAT EM’ UP!!

[Photo Credit Clarisa R./Yelp]

[Photo Credit Clarisa R./Yelp]

Now that we have that walk down memory lane out of the way, let’s talk about coffee. Epoch has something that I like, consistency. Their coffee is always flavorful, which is what I look at first. It is never watered down, cold or weak. My go-to at Epoch is an Americano, and I add various types of syrups (mainly caramel.) Americanos are great because you get the caffeine that you need with far fewer calories than a latte. It is straight to the point and tasty.

Lattes to me are almost considered a treat. When I get one I fully enjoy every sip and always stick with flavors like caramel, chocolate or vanilla. At epoch, they offer fruity syrups! I was intrigued because I have never been that adventurous with my lattes because I like what I know I like. On this beautiful Monday though, I decided I wanted a blackberry latte. I’m wild, I know. It was surprisingly wonderful! I definitely recommend straying from your sweet comfortable flavors and trying new ones. Next time I am going to get the raspberry!

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Blackberry Latte

Epoch is also top of my list because they have pizza. I can always use a slice when I’m cramming for an exam. They get their pizza from East Side Pies, which is heaven in your mouth. The pizza is thin, crispy and all of it is homemade. The toppings are locally sourced from farms and ranches in Central Texas, so you are ensured the freshest produce possible. Yum!

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This is the FLIGHTPATH, roasted peppers nom nom nom

White Pizza

This is the MOON TOWER PIE (my boyfriends choice) not as good as mine but still amazing!

To sum this up:

  • Big tables
  • Open 24-hours
  • You can have your dog on the patio
  • Indoor/Outdoor
  • WiFi always works

Until next time!

Mobile App

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A Latte: This app is similar to my blog. This is basically a replica of Yelp, but strictly for coffee shops. You will find reviews on coffee shops in your area or you can change your location and search shops in any city. This app is ideal for people who are interested in the environment aspect. Some categories include table size, music/volume level, seating, parking, etc.

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Coffee 101: This app is like the popular beer app; Untappd. This is a place that people can go to upload their tasty coffee beverages, rate it, include where it’s from, what is in it, and what they liked and did not like about it. This app is ideal for coffee enthusiasts everywhere. Espresso yourself and keep the world in the know about all things coffee.

Strange Brew

I will begin with…Strange Brew is a 24-hour coffee shop.

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Photo courtesy of Stephen S. from Yelp.

If you’re in college, work late hours or a night owl, a 24-hour anything is music to your ears. Like most, I tend to procrastinate. Oh, the paper is due at 9 a.m.? Yeah, I’ll start it at 2 a.m. because life.

This place is HUGE. Not one, not two, but THREE rooms to study in. Two for chatting, studying and regular things and one for absolute silence. I tried to sit in there once and felt like my breathing was disturbing the peace, so I stay in the “talking welcome” areas. The atmosphere is the best part. I can easily get so much done there because the tables are huge, plenty of space, and plenty of plugs. Their only downfall is the Wifi. It’s basically non-existent and very untrustworthy. That is the only reason I don’t live and pay rent there. I need Wifi. You just never know when it will work and when it won’t, I can’t take those chances.

The coffee is consistently tasty and fresh. I always get their signature drink, can you guess what it’s called? The Strange Brew. It’s a rich, creamy, iced, slighty sweet espresso drink and has just the right amount of caffeine.The prices are normal, think Starbucks. They have a cold brew, which is all the rage with hipsters right now. I was going to type out a list of everything they have, but honestly it’s extensive unlike most coffee shops. The menu is impressive. On the menu you can also find food, I won’t go into detail because ain’t nobody got time for that but just trust me when I say The Hippy.

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The ever so tasty… Strange Brew.

Strange Brew doubles as a lounge and has many live shows. *WARNING* these shows attract heaps of hipsters. That was half joking but half serious because you do see the textbook hipster but you also see everyone else as well. The hipsters are just fun to look at because they’re so cool and you’ll never be like them. Hats off to hipsters. I have not attened one of the shows yet because there is typically a cover fee, but they do a really awesome job of updated their Facebook page with a list of event

To sum this up:

  • Perfect study atmosphere
  • Friendly staff
  • Indoor/outdoor seating
  • Tasty coffee
  • 24-hours
  • Lots of parking
  • Sucky Wifi, so bring a book

Oh, P.S. -Check in on Yelp to get 10% off!

Austin Java

Here we are again..another day, another coffee shop.

Today I am at the original Austin Java which is located at 12th and Lamar in Austin, TX. I used to frequent this place a lot because it was near my old stomping grounds, but I took a hiatus when I moved to San Marcos. Now that I’m back, I’m making the rounds again.

Drop what you’re doing right now, get in your car, head here (avoid 35, #SXSW) and order the Bacon Cheddar Avocado burger… you can thank me later. I’m not even being dramatic. The food is always amazing. I’ve never been to a place that consistently has delicious meals. I have had many of their entree’s and have never had a single complaint. They serve breakfast, sometimes brunch, lunch, dinner and desserts. Breakfast is served ALL day, score. Sometimes I just get a craving for eggs benedict at 9 p.m. and it’s nice to know that Austin Java supports my eating habits because many places around here don’t.

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Bacon Cheddar Avocado burger with Roasted Chicken soup.. mmm mmm good. The coffee is Texas Pecan, it’s creamy and smooth bodied.

Ok, so now lets move on to coffee. You need to know that I am not a coffee complainer. I believe in bad days, I believe in second chances, I believe in the occasional bad cup of joe. Austin Java must be having a bad month. I like to consider myself pretty knowledgable when it comes to lattes (mainly because I drink them far more than I care to admit.) The last few that I have ordered here have not just been bad, but terrible. I had to get my latte remade twice in the past week, which pains me.

My coffee is delivered to my table, I expect this amazing sip of my Caramel Knowledge (espresso, steamed milk, caramel, and foam) and just get dull, boring, espresso wanna-be-I-don’t-know-who-I-am-latte. Then, I have to take the walk of shame up to the counter and complain to these beautiful hipsters who are funny, nice and make you feel like friends. The staff never bats an eye, they remake it instantly and the second one is usually better but still not the best. The red beanie barista at the register and I have decided that I am just not a fan of the espresso beans that they use and my palette disagrees with everything it stands for. The coffee world is tough, huh?

To sum this up:

  • The atmosphere is peaceful, even when it’s packed.
  • The staff is beyond helpful and kind.
  • Wifi always work.
  • Pets are allowed on the patio.
  • You’ll love it here.
  • Give the lattes a chance, decide for yourself.

Food Reccomendations:

  • Bacon Cheddar Avocado Burger
  • Classic Club
  • Hail Caesar!
  • Roasted Chicken Soup
  • The Californian omelette
  • Classic Eggs Benedict
  • Cheddar Mash

oh, P.S.- They have the occasional poetry night, comedy night and other shenanigans! They rarely update their website, but they update their Facebook page. Enjoy!